New PM Articles for the Week of September 30 – October 6

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 30 – October 6. And this week’s video: Harry Hall explains how to categorize risks for a more comprehensive view of the project risk profile. 8 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Nicolas Crouzet and Janice Eberly found that companies are investing less in “property, plant, and equipment” and more in intangible assets like software and intellectual property. 6 minutes to read.
  • Peter Williamson and Arnoud De Meyer explains how to (and why you should) monetize a business ecosystem. 4 minutes to read.
  • The World Economic Forum has published their Regional Risks for Doing Business 2019 report. 40 pages of data and analysis, well worth the read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton goes through the elements of the project planning process in a simplified sequence. Video, 12 minutes, safe for work.
  • Brenda Taylor explains the concept and value of component-based work breakdown structures. 8 minutes to read.
  • Thomas Redman and Roger Hoerl tell us how to identify and conduct analytics projects that don’t require a lot of data but deliver a lot of value. 5 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture pooh-poohs percent complete as a worthless metric; remaining effort, however, is actionable. Just 1 minute to read.
  • Tammy Graves makes the case for defining and aligning key roles from the start of large, complex projects. 4 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews Mike Anderson on the case for the role of the agile project manager. Podcast, 35 minutes, safe for work.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from discussion gridlock to coach assessments better product decisions. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagley delineates five types of meetings and then maps them to Scrum ceremonies. Each post about 2 minutes to read.
  • RJ Gazarek reports on what’s new and what’s changed in the newest iteration of the Scaled Agile Framework, SAFe 5.0. 7 minutes to read.
  • Mike Cohn and Brendan Wovchko collaborate to present three free (for a short time) Kanban training videos. 3 minutes to read, 15 minutes for the first video, 10 for the second.
  • Songtham Tung provides a few examples of refactoring to reduce technical debt. 3 minutes to read.
  • Piet Hadermann assesses the cost of waiting for feedback in software development. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Leigh Espy gives us detailed coaching on keeping the inevitable team conflict productive and non-destructive. 7 minutes to read.
  • David Dye coaches us on what to do when our team resists changes. 3 minutes to read.
  • Anne Shaw shares an infographic on making a globally distributed team feel a “local” bond. 2 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Ericka Chickowski identifies five disruptive trends transforming cyber security, from Cloud sprawl to micro-services and API’s. 5 minutes to read.
  • Isaac Kohen catalogs twenty security risks. Most organizations face nearly all of them. 7 minutes to read.
  • Robert Muggah analyzes the threat to city governments and urban infrastructure posed by cyber attacks. More than 70% of all reported ransomware attacks in the US target state and local governments. 7 minutes to read.
  • Seth Godin points out the superstition and security theater behind most corporate password rules. 2 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Sharlyn Lauby shares an infographic showing the key components of both types of non-disclosure agreements. Vital for every contract negotiation! 4 minutes to read.
  • Radhika Chugh tutors us on Heat maps and how to use them in analyzing traffic to a website. Include a link to an ebook. 8 minutes to read.
  • Stav Ziv tutors us on the three most common resume formats and explains how to choose the right one. 8 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of July 1 – 7

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 1 – 7. And this week’s video: every year, Cy Swan and Scott Wadsworth celebrate Independence Day in the traditional Oregon pioneer way by packing black powder between two anvils and launching one of them into the air near their homes in Medford. Cy is in his 80’s, still working every day as a blacksmith, and if he ever wrote his autobiography, it would have to be published in three volumes. 2 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Sarah Todd examines the departure of Apple design chief Jony Ive to show why it can be dangerous to allow burned out star employees to stay in their role. 5 minutes to read.
  • CISOMag shares statistics showing that phishing and ransomware are the most reported types of cyber-attacks, but GDPR-ready firms have suffered fewer data breaches. 2 minutes to read.
  • Matt Hilbert looks at the growing influence of the GDPR in other countries and suggests an approach for ensuring compliance with developing legislation. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Harry Hall explains SWOT analysis: what it is, how to engage stakeholders, and how to conduct one. Or watch his video; 3 minutes to read or watch.
  • Cornelius Fichtner shares a free ebook, Managing Smaller and Medium-Sized Projects, by Dr. Jim Young. Download link in the PDU Tip box. Podcast, 10 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Clayton explains what external dependencies are and how they can impact your project. Video, 4 minutes, safe for work.
  • Robin Nicklas demonstrates resource leveling using MS Project and resource smoothing using MS Excel. Different techniques with different objectives. 7 minutes to read.
  • Linky Van Der Merwe continues her series with how to transition into the agile project management role. 4 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman reviews Flawless Consulting: A guide to getting your expertise used, by Peter Block. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from fixing Scrum with working agreements to the rhythm of Design Thinking to mob programming patterns. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Ron Jeffries looks at applying Agile methods to contracts with a fixed-scope, fixed-delivery, and fixed-price. 11 minutes to read.
  • Erik Rutkens and Jasper De Vries present a comprehensive analysis of current and developing trends in application security testing. 9 minutes to read.
  • Gábor Zöld gives us a comprehensive guide to technical debt, from what and why to preventing and managing, with case studies. 11 minutes to read.
  • Rahul Jain shares 35 statistics you need to know to plan for cross-browser testing. 2 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackovny follows last week’s article on testing databases with a look at query methods for relational and non-relational 3 minutes each.
  • Amyra Sheldon identified the nine most popular cross-platform tools for mobile application development. 8 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Dan Rockwell: “Stupid teams consist of smart people who engage in stupid behaviors.” But smart teams engage in a few specific, smart practices. 2 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty notes that too much feedback can be destructive. Good leaders are alert to causes of stress. 6 minutes to read.
  • Thomas Oppong explains how learned helplessness makes it difficult to change our circumstances. 5 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Robert Roy Britt recaps recent research into how the brain makes short-term and long-term memories. 7 minutes to read.
  • Johnny Wood briefly describes the top ten emerging technologies expected to significantly impact society and the global economy. 4 minutes to read.
  • Hemant Kakkar reports on his research into dominance and prestige, showing why some leaders are more likely to be punished for their mistakes. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Kat Boogaard shares actionable advice and information on business travel from two Road Warriors. 9 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas answers the question: can you switch a full-time worker into a contractor? 3 minutes to read.
  • Stav Ziv coaches us on talking about our strengths and weaknesses in a job interview. 8 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of June 24 – 30

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 24 – 30. And this week’s video: Heidi Grant explains why we need to ask for help, and tells us how to do it successfully, while making the process more rewarding for your helper. 12 minutes, safe for work. Thanks to Kiron Bondale for the link!

I’ll also plug Bill Gates’ remarks given at the Forbes Philanthropy Summit, where his life-long friend, the late Paul Allen, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. If Paul had been a fictional character, I believe the author would have been Robert A. Heinlein.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Daniel Burrus advocates dematerialization—making products and features smaller and lighter—as a key strategy for innovation. 3 minutes to read.
  • Peter Robison reports on a growing controversy: Boeing’s use of outsourcing to low-cost offshore engineers for development of the 737 Max software. 8 minutes to read.
  • Dan Loney interviews Dean Foster on the need for leaders and their teams to be culturally adept in the countries where they do business. Podcast, 26 minutes, safe for work.

Managing Projects

  • PMP ExamPMI announced that the PMP examination will undergo an update, based on the recently completed Global Practice Analysis. This is a complete re-design of the exam! The last day to take the current version of the exam will be December 15, 2019. 2 minutes to read the article, another 10 to read the exam content outline.
  • Dale Howard shows us how to schedule a task to start as late as possible, based on the start date of another task, in MS Project. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explains three important acronyms thrown about by experienced project managers—RAID, CAD, and DCARI. Video, 4 minutes, safe for work.
  • Linky van der Merwe tells us why we need to become agile project managers—the trends, organization expectations, and what we need to do differently. 8 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman compiled 35 technical papers and 9 books on conducting a root cause analysis. 5 minutes to read.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen share five excellent practices for resource management. It would be helpful if they identified their authors, but I’ll credit them with nice. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from silent meetings to outcome-oriented change to shades of MVP, although probably not 50 of them. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Eden Ella shares his analysis of the (recent) history and (near) future of web development. 10 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely and Jon Quigley talk about fit for purpose and other topics in the Software Process and Measurement podcast. 21 minutes, safe for work.
  • Kristin Jackvony gives us a checklist for testing the database behind the application. 4 minutes to read.
  • Seth Godin schools us on what defines a great design—it’s all about constraints and results. 2 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman poses several questions about the team and the context when answering the question, what is the minimum required documentation for requirements? 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Ron Carucci and Jarrod Shappell tell us how to work with someone who thinks they are always right, even when there is no perfect answer. Best term: chronic certainty. 5 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Mark Kilby and Johanna Rothman on their new book, From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams: Collaborate to deliver. Podcast, 42 minutes, safe for work.
  • Emily Luijbregts shares some tips for building effective globally distributed teams. 6 minutes to read.
  • Eric Goldschein provides his insights into building a remote team that will last. 5 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Aaron Gershwin briefs us on Flame, the most sophisticated cyber espionage tool ever discovered by a target and discussed in public. Makes you wonder what else is lurking out there, doesn’t it? 4 minutes to read.
  • Linwood Walker tells us everything we need to know about Wi-Fi 6. This is going to be a key enabler for the Internet of Things. 4 minutes to read.
  • Sarah Soule, Davina Drabkin, and Lori Mackenzie point out some of the stereotypes in MBA case studies. Even great graduate programs have flaws. 7 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Deanna DeBara coaches us on keeping your home office from taking over your life. 8 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Yuko explains the research linking greater empathy to higher productivity. 4 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy briefs us on the plan-do-check-act cycle for continuous process improvement. Repeat as necessary! 5 minutes to read.

Enjoy!